Lightning eMotors strikes first, becoming the inaugural GM Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer (SVM) to develop 100 percent electric Class 3 through 6 commercial vehicles.

Lightning eMotors is a Colorado-based auto manufacturer specializing in electrified solutions for commercial fleets. They create EVs to support an assortment of needs for its customers.

Currently, the company has electric conversions of Class 3 cargo vehicles to Class A motor coaches and battery electric ambulances.

Previously, Lightning eMotors electrified platforms built by other OEMs, such as Ford Chevy and Isuzu. Last month, Lightning declared that it will add purpose-built EVs built on its proprietary platform, too.

“We are thrilled that GM is working with Lightning eMotors to make GM’s medium duty truck platform the basis for new electric vehicles,” said CEO and co-founder Tim Reeser. “GM’s inclusive approach to electrification is a great match for Lightning’s position and role as a leading powertrain supplier in the commercial vehicle space.

“Commercial vehicles and commercial vehicle powertrains are complex, with thousands of unique components, requiring years of custom software development and on-road testing—and Lightning has products in fleet use today and ready for customers to roll out this year.”

After conversion at Lightning eMotors’ campus in Loveland, Colorado, these EV chassis will become ZEV school buses, shuttles, delivery trucks and work trucks.

This agreement is yet another step toward the corporation’s overall goal of converting its entire vehicle lineup to electrification.